Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Antoine Griezmann Inspires Atletico Madrid To Europa League Final Victory

Antoine Griezmann Inspires Atletico Madrid To Europa League Final Victory

"I was determined to take the opportunity to win one tonight".

However, Coach Diego Simeone has warned his players not to underrate their opponents.

"We let our chance go in the first half".

The Rojiblancos also won LaLiga in 2014 and Simeone hopes to make use of those experiences against the French side in Lyon on Wednesday, but he concedes they will not make a huge difference.

Having fallen into this competition by virtue of a group-stage exit from the Champions League, Atletico were the favourites against a Marseille side whose continental campaign had begun in the third qualifying round last July.

Garcia withdrew the unsafe Lucas Ocampos for Clinton N'Jie as he looked for a different way back into this game, ahead of a period of some niggle from both sides as tempers heated up.

Torres has supported Atletico since he was five years old and joined their academy when he was a child, making his first-team debut at the age of 17 in 2001 when they were in Spain's second division.

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Griezmann pounced in the 21st minute, slotting coolly into the bottom left corner after being set up by midfielder Gabi's pass.

Marseille had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing.

After playing the ball out from the back, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa got caught in possession and, a Gabi through-ball later, Greizmann was in on goal and tucked the ball past returning goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

The outcome could have been different had Marseille forward Valere Germain taken an early chance, before Griezmann's lethal finishing allowed Atletico to take control.

Griezman doubled Atletico's lead with a clinical finish from Koke's cross in the 49th minute. They lifted their level in the second half and I regret that we were out of luck when Mitroglou hit the post.

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